Duke 46, Florida International 26

Date - Saturday, September 1, 2012 7:00 PM
Location - Wallace Wade Stadium
Attendance - 31117

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Florida International 7 7 0 12 26
Duke 7 30 7 2 46

Recap


Duke 46, Florida International 26: Sean Renfree threw for 290 yards and a pair of touchdowns and host Duke used a string of big plays to bury Florida International.

Conner Vernon hauled in 10 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown and broke the school record for career receptions as the Blue Devils beat the Panthers for the second straight season.

Jamison Crowder had six catches for 102 yards and a TD and Josh Snead and Brandon Connette each ran for a score as Duke routed the Sun Belt Conference preseason favorites.

Unlike a year ago, when Duke (1-0) needed to erase a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to overcome FIU (0-1), the Blue Devils took control by scoring 17 points in the final 3 1/2 minutes of the first half.

Renfree (21-of-30) connected with Crowder for a 60-yard scoring pass to build the lead to 27-14 and a field goal by Ross Martin made it 30-14 with 63 seconds left in the half.

FIU got in position for a last-second field goal going into halftime, but the kick was blocked and returned 75 yards for a touchdown by Duke's Ross Cockrell for a stunning 37-14 halftime edge.

Vernon, who had catches of 46 and 49 yards to set up first-half scores, finally got in the end zone in the third quarter on a 28-yard strike from Renfree to give the Blue Devils a 44-14 lead.

Kedrick Rhodes scored twice and had a big night for FIU, rushing for 130 yards and a TD on 25 carries and making seven receptions for 115 yards, including a 67-yard scoring pass. Jake Medlock finished 27-of-45 for 348 yards with two TDs and zero interceptions.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Vernon has caught at least one pass in an FBS-leading 36 consecutive games. He also became the seventh player in ACC history to reach 200 career receptions and surpassed Donovan Varner for the most catches (208) in school history. ... Florida International fell to 0-7 all-time against ACC schools. ... Duke went over 40 points for the eighth time in four seasons. ... The Blue Devils' defense came up with a huge early play, stuffing Rhodes on a fourth-and-1 at the 4-yard line on FIU's second drive of the game with the score tied at 7-7.

SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 14:17
Florida International   TD  Duke 0 - Florida International 7
1st Quarter - 9:50
Duke   TD  Duke 7 - Florida International 7
2nd Quarter - 14:56
Duke   TD  Duke 13 - Florida International 7
2nd Quarter - 12:30
Duke   TD  Duke 20 - Florida International 7
2nd Quarter - 5:05
Florida International   TD  Duke 20 - Florida International 14
2nd Quarter - 3:26
Duke   TD  Duke 27 - Florida International 14
2nd Quarter - 1:03
Duke   FG  Duke 30 - Florida International 14
2nd Quarter - 0:00
Duke   TD  Duke 37 - Florida International 14
3rd Quarter - 10:43
Duke   TD  Duke 44 - Florida International 14
4th Quarter - 1:19
Florida International   TD  Duke 44 - Florida International 20
4th Quarter - 1:19
Duke   MXPR  Duke 46 - Florida International 20
4th Quarter - 0:26
Florida International   TD  Duke 46 - Florida International 26
TEAMS

Team Records

  Florida International Duke
W/L 0 - 1 - 0 1 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Florida International Duke
Score 26 46
First Downs 29 16
3rd Down Efficiency 9-for-18
50%
3-for-13
23%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-4
25%
2-for-2
100%
Total Yards 513 420
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 45-165 30-119
Average/Rush 3.7 4.0
Passing
Comp-Att 27-46 23-34
Passing Yards 348 301
Average/Pass Play 7.1 8.9
Penalties-Yards 4-23 9-73
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 2-1
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Time of Possession 31:33 28:27

PLAYER STATS

Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Medlock 27/45 348 2 0
Duke (1 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Renfree 21/30 290 2 1
B. Connette 1/2 8 1 0
A. Boone 1/2 3 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
K. Rhodes 25 130 5.2 1
D. Mallary 10 33 3.3 1
J. Medlock 9 19 2.1 0
G. Coleman 1 -17 -17.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Snead 7 47 6.7 1
J. Thompson 6 28 4.7 0
B. Connette 6 15 2.5 1
P. Kurunwune 2 9 4.5 0
A. Boone 2 7 3.5 0
J. Duncan 3 6 2.0 0
S. Powell 1 4 4.0 0
S. Renfree 2 4 2.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
K. Rhodes 7 115 16.4 1
W. Times 9 114 12.7 0
F. Porter 1 31 31.0 1
J. Younger 3 27 9.0 0
D. Mallary 2 17 8.5 0
D. Rhymes 1 12 12.0 0
J. Williams 1 12 12.0 0
N. England 1 8 8.0 0
Y. Griner 1 6 6.0 0
W. Wright 1 6 6.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
C. Vernon 10 180 18.0 1
J. Crowder 6 102 17.0 1
D. Reeves 2 12 6.0 1
C. Gattis 1 9 9.0 0
J. Thompson 1 0 0.0 0
J. Duncan 1 -1 -1.0 0
D. Scott 2 -1 -0.5 0